John Best won this in 2010 so Instrumentalist, who has only raced on Polytrack at Lingfield and won there in December, is on the short-list. FENNELL BAY has been raised 8lb for last week's victory at Newmarket so he's a couple of pounds well in with his penalty and, as there's more to come from him, he gets the vote to concede weight all round. Luca Cumani has struck form and Scrupul should do better than at Doncaster where he hated the heavy ground but Never Perfect was at home in similar conditions when scoring at Ayr. Fisher is the only distance winner having made all at Beverley while Watheeq is the type to do better over this trip in his second season.
Fennell Bay (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear on stands rail, good headway 2f out, led 1f out, stayed on well, won at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Sardanapalus (9-4) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Instrumentalist (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, chased leaders racing 3 wide, ridden to challenge over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, unable to quicken towards finish, 4th of 8, 3/4l behind Ruscello (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo stks 0-75 (5) pol.
Scrupul (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Mid-division, effort over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 20l behind Spirit Of The Law (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Apr.
Never Perfect (IRE) 11-2fav (9-3) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway far side over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 13, 5l behind Brimstone Hill (8-10) at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Saffa Hill (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Towards rear, kepping on same pace and no chance when hampered over 2f out, 10th of 13, 20l behind Hawaiian Storm (8-9) at Ripon 1m 3yo mdn (5) sft in Apr.
Romantic (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Always in rear, driven on wide outside over 2f out, never a factor, last of 12, 19l behind Flying Trader (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
King Vahe (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Soon chasing leader, every chance 2f out, soon ridden, weakened approaching final furlong, 4th of 8, 5l behind Dellbuoy (8-6) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Mar.
Fisher 25-1 (8-13) Soon led, kicked on from 3f out, kept on well, unchallenged, won at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Mistress Of Rome (9-6) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
Chelsea Mick 9-1 (9-1) Dwelt mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 19l behind Dorry K (8-11) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Apr.
Clon Brulee (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Behind, under pressure halfway, never a factor, 7th of 11, 14l behind Third Half (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Abdul Malik 5-1 (9-3) Soon led, headed over 7f out, tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace 1f out, 3rd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Final Delivery (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Watheeq (USA) 9-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, went 2nd on inside 2f out until over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 8l behind Prince Alzain (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Tallevu (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, switched left after 1f, under pressure over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 23l behind Take Two (9-0) at Bath 1m 3yo stk 0-70 (5) gs.
Northern Jewel (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Dwelt and went right start, mid-division, driven halfway, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 18l behind Mickdaam (9-3) at York 7f 2yo mdn (3) gd in Oct.
Watt Broderick (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Never a factor, kept on same pace from 3f out, 12th of 19, 20l behind Imperial Monarch (9-0) at Curragh 1m 2yo mdn sft in Sep.